Earlobes may be damaged due to stretching, gauging, wearing heavy earrings, deformity or injury.
Indications for Earlobe repair surgery
Earlobes greatly impact the proportions and aesthetics of the face. It is an erogenous zone with high sensitivity and is also a place to hang jewellery that enhances the appearance. So any damage to ear lobe should be repaired by ear lobe repair surgery. Earlobe reconstruction surgery can repair:
- Saggy ear lobes due to the effect of wearing heavy earrings
- Unattractive ear lobes due to improper piercing technique or infection
- Ear lobes with congenital or deformities of the shape and size of the earlobe
- Deformity or scarring due to traumatic injury to one or both ear lobes
- Enlarged holes due to intentional stretching or gauging of the ears for fashion
Earlobe repair surgery procedure
Earlobe repair is performed under local anaesthesia in an outpatient setting.
The real repair procedure involves cutting away of the skin lining the tear or piercing the tract, followed by removal of the excess tissue and finally suturing of the lobes back together. The sutures should remain in place for one or two weeks
This usually results in a smaller earlobe.
Dermatologists at Vitals are skilled and have immense experience of performing a range of ear lobe repair surgeries.
Recovery after earlobe repair surgery
After repair, sutures are removed 5-8 days after the procedure. Patient is advised to apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment on the area after dressing is removed. Wound may have little drainage and should be protected from any injury
When would it be ok to pierce my ears again?
After ear lobe repair surgery, a minimum of six weeks are required to allow the repair to heal properly. If possible, patient is advised to allow healing between three to six months after surgery. Moreover small stud earrings should be worn in the beginning as repaired earlobes are weaker than uninjured earlobes. The new piercing should be done on a site outside the area of scar tissue to avoid tearing of the repaired area in the future.
Authored By Dr. Harish Prasad
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